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IEP Issues - Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

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Special Education: The Myth of Least Restrictive Environment - The idea of every student being served in the same classroom is very popular these days. It is the “least restrictive environment” special education theory that results in students with “accommodations” being tossed into the same boiling environment as kids who don’t need them. I like the idea and hate the reality.

 

Definitions: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Special Education Services

 

The Benefits of Learning in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - The benefits of learning in the LRE (Least Restrictive Environment) for children with special needs can be great: increased motivation, higher self-esteem, improved communication and socialization skills, and greater academic achievement. While some children with disabilities will require a special class, the LRE for most will be in a general education class with appropriate supports and services – an inclusion class.

 

Office of Special Education Programs' IDEA Amendments of 1997 Curriculum: Module 8 Least Restrictive Environment - In this module you will find: Overview of LRE, Determining a Student's LRE, LRE and IDEA 97, State's Obligation including Placement-Neutral Funding, Supplementary Aids, LRE & General Education, Permissive Use of Funds, Other Aspects including Participation in Assessments, Performance Goals and References. Module 8 also includes the following components, with the text of each provided in separate files: background text on the statute (explaining the requirements of the statute passed by Congress in 1997), addendum text on the regulations (explaining requirements of the final Federal regulations for IDEA published on March 12, 1999), handouts in English and handouts in Spanish (revised to incorporate the regulations), training script (revised to incorporate the regulations), overheads in English (revised to incorporate the regulations), and overheads in Spanish (revised to incorporate the regulations).

U.S. Department of Education's Deaf Students Education Services Policy Guidance - While this policy guidance specifically address D/HH students, the legal principles articulated in it are applicable to all. This policy guidance was authored by Dr.Robert Davila, who is deaf, when he was an undersecretary in OSERS. Dr. Davila is Deaf, himself, and he really does get it with respect to LRE issues.

 

For more information, visit the Least Restrictive Environment Clearinghouse.

 

 

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